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joyce - 2014-01-10
How do I Chang the hardiness in the tank it is 185 I have African cichlids

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Here's a good article that gives an overview of hardness, along with some advice on how to increase hardness and how to decrease hardness: Hardness... and how to change it
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James & Pat Bonham - 2013-10-10
I have a tank that I empty half way every 3 days and in 1 day it becomes cloudy again. I have used several products to help with the cloudiness but, nothing seems to help. could you please help us! Thank you for your time and understanding.

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  • Janet hedges - 2013-10-22
    Why is my tank milky?
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Robin - 2013-09-03
How much salt should I put in my 90 gallon tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    Well, if its a freshwater tank, you don't need to put in any salt.  It really depends upon why you want to add salt. Some fish are aided by the addition of some salt in the water, helping to offset disease. But likewise salt can be damaging to some other fish, and is hard on plants. Usually regular maintenace with water changes to keeping the water pristine is the best approach. So that takes us back to... why you want to add salt.
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sue - 2013-04-06
The water in my 55 gallon is always turning cloudy. I have used aqua safe, easy balance etc. after a week it will be green. We had a water conditioner put in our home so the water is pretty soft too. We are losing fish slowly. Need Help!!! Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-08
    Have you tested your ammonia levels?
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sue - 2013-04-06
This site is great. How do I ask a question? sue

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-06
    Just post a question in the comment section at the bottom of the page, like you did here.
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Tony Robinson - 2012-09-20
Hi, have 2 blood parot in my 55 gal tank,want to add more fish.what would be good fish to add.  Was wondering about an electric blue dempsey. I heard their not as agressive as the jack dempsey. Please help.Thankyou.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-23
    Maybe if you're tank is large enough, and you add the Electric Blue Jack Dempsey as a young juvenile they would be okay. But in general they are usually a bit too aggressive for the Blood Parrot. The Blood Parrot page under the Social Behaviors section has some companion suggestions if you want to check that out.
  • emma - 2013-02-17
    You can put 10 or more in the fish tank don't be scared.
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steve - 2012-12-17
I have had tropical fish before .... getting back into the hobby ..... have a 55 gallon tank .... would like to know if I can keep a group of kribensias in it { 6 or 8 }?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-12-17
    Most likely 6 or so Kribensis will get along fine in a 55 gallon tank. They are peaceful and generally non-aggressive community fish. You may want to provide plenty of plants and other hiding places for them. Also, these fish can reach 4' when full grown so you will want to make sure that you have enough room for them to grow comfortably.
  • steve - 2012-12-22
    Thank you for your help
  • jc - 2013-01-07
    I have 2 pairs of kribs in 1 of my 55s, they're constantly fighting (and both sets have their own caves) and they generally don't let any of the other fish in the bottom half of the tank. I would stick to 1 pair, 1 cave, and a 10-20 gallon tank. I wouldn't describe them as peaceful community fish - quite the opposite. They are however VERY interesting fish.
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KathyB - 2013-01-29
I am setting up a 40 gallon aquarium in a Church Nursery. It will be seen on both front and back. Any thoughts on how to hide the cords and filter system. Also I will need an auto-feed system because I will only be able to physically be there a couple of days a week.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    You can use a sump style and keep heater in there. 
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Aaron - 2012-07-07
I have a 10 gallon freshwater tank that I bought and waited a week before adding fish. The fish would die within hours every time. I was told to wait and cycle. I cycled and waited for a couple months. I brought some water in to have it tested and everything was good except the ph was 7.5 and was told to bring it down to 7. I bought the buffer they recommended and 4 variable Platy fish. Brought everything home put some of the tank water in the bag for conditioning. Waited 30 minutes and placed the fish in the tank. Added some food which they ate fast and then they swam around really really fast then died a couple hours later. Any thoughts? I pulled out all the ornaments because of the algae.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    How is you amonia level?
  • person - 2012-07-11
    If there is algae growth then you problably need to do a water change and don't put any tank water in the bag when you bring them home first let the bag float at the surface of the water for 20 minutes then just pour the bag with the fish in the fish tank carefully, it worked for me
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Stephanie - 2012-12-24
I am setting up a brand new five gallon aquarium. I have been cycling it for about three weeks now, but I still get ammonia readings (as tested with the API master test kit) of about 4ppm, zero nitrites, zero nitrates. It is as though the bacteria I need aren't there. What am I doing wrong? I have been using surfactant-, perfume- and dye-free ammonia, have the heater running at a constant temperature and the filter running 24/7. The water looks fine, and there are no fish in it yet. I want to give my son his fish in three more weeks, but right now it looks like the bacteria isn't coming in. Any tips?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-24
    Cycling without fish in the tank the levels will get to about 4 then will eventually drop.  Slowly adding fish will speed this up.  Mollies are good for this.
  • Stephanie - 2013-01-09
    Thanks Jeremy! I ended up buying live bacteria online. That finally seemed to do the trick! Now, one and a half weeks after introducing the bacteria, they are eating ammonia like there is no tomorrow, and the nitrite levels, after spiking initially for a few days, stay low to zero now.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    You are very welcome!!
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